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JackInCT
12-24-2009, 09:44 PM
Verbatim copy & paste from WTNH-TV (New Haven,CT, USA) dated 12/24/09; the cars referred to in this article are part of the Metro North, Tri-State (CT, NY, & NJ) commuter system. It is beyond the scope of this post to explain why the State Of CT buys equipment & thus funded by CT tax dollars (the state's budget has a good deal of red ink still left in it).

New Haven (WTNH) - Santa brought an early Christmas present to some Connecticut rail commuters -- two new rail cars for the New Haven line. And many more are on the way.

It's been 35 years since new cars serviced the New Haven Line. Gov. Rell had the state buy 300 M8's from the Kawasaki Company of Japan.

"Beautiful, just beautiful," she said while taking a tour of the new cars.

Built for comfort and efficiency, many commuters say those are traits the current cars are without.

"I think they could use an upgrade," Michael Wiles of Bolton said. "I sometimes take Amtrak, sometimes I take Metro-North. I think Amtrak is a little nicer."

"It's a relief to hear that we are getting new cars," Melissa Hamilton of Manchester said, "especially when you are commuting for an hour and a half.

Some still believe the current cars are serviceable.

"They work," Bekah Dickstein of New Haven said, "so why spend the money? I mean, the money could go elsewhere."

They are going to put the cars out in pairs. The first two will be on the tracks in 2010. It's going to be a prime piece of movable property. You're gonna be looking for them when you make a trip. And you might be able to experience that new train smell.

"It does smell nice," Gov. Rell said. "I hope it stays around until we get them on the track."

The trains will need to go through local testing for the next four-to-six months. Department of Transportation officials say they should be running by the end of the year. With all the test that needs to be done it will take about five years to get all 300 cars running regularly.

My comments: there is without a doubt strong feeling among some that these cars should have been made in the USA

JackInCT
12-25-2009, 03:01 AM
Correction (thanks to a commenter on the WTNH article for pointing this out).

"The first 38 cars are being made in Japan and then the remaining 262 cars will be manufactured in Kawasaki's Lincoln, Neb., factory, he said". Quote taken from the online Connecticut Post (Bridgeport, CT) article re this subject today.

MEC 557
01-12-2010, 01:09 AM
There has been mention that some of the cars removed from the other lines may be transferred to the Waterbury branch which will add a few extra cars there. Waterbury ridership has increased the past year quite a bit.